Lynn "Lindy" Nielsen 1927 ~ 2011
Lynn ("Lindy") Nielsen, ourmuch-loved husband, father, brother, grandpa and friend, passed from this life on August 25, 2011, as the result of complications following surgery. He was born on November 29, 1927 in Salina, Utah, to Niels Peter and Mary Matilde Nielsen. He was the fifth of their eight children. His early childhood and youth were spent in Salina. He was a gifted athlete, and excelled particularly well in basketball. He graduated from North Sevier High School. He went on to attend the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, where he was a stand-out basketball player for the BAC Broncos. He graduated from BAC and continued his education at Utah State University, where he contributed his athletic talents to the USU Aggie basketball team. He graduated with a degree in education. Following his graduation from Utah State, he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Lindy was a very patriotic and civic minded man. He taught his children and grandchildren to respect and honor the flag and to be grateful to be U.S. citizens. Following his military service, Lindy was employed by the National Park Service as a commissary truck driver. It was while thus employed that he was introduced to Maridon Smith, a smart, pretty Cedar City girl with an eye for basketball players. They dated for two years, and were sealed for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple on May 24, 1955. He obtained a Master's Degree in speech pathology from the University of Utah, but he didn't often brag about that because anyone who knew him was aware that his blood ran BYU blue. Lindy and Maridon had four children: Barry, Shauna, Jilynn, and Corry. He was a concerned father who instilled in his children the values of faith, hard work, education, physical fitness, patriotism, and service. He was not often physically demonstrative, and sometimes found it difficult to put his feelings into words, but he loved his children very dearly. Lindy worked as a speech therapist for one year in the Granite School District. He was dispatched to Stevenson, Washington, for a one year assignment to pioneer the speech program in the Skamania County Schools in the Columbia River Gorge. He stayed eleven years. He and his family forged many strong and lasting friendships during their time in Washington. He and Maridon returned to Cedar City in 1972. He was hired as the speech and hearing specialist for the Iron County Schools, and retired from the District in 1994. Lindy was not a man to remain idle. Physical activity and doing something to contribute were very much a part of who he was. He spent countless hours working to beautify his yard, and helping neighbors with theirs. He was a rabid sports fan, particularly of BYU athletics, but he was also a great supporter of the high school and SUU programs in Cedar City. Lindy had a pleasant baritone voice. He loved music, often singing little bits of songs as he went about his day. He thoroughly enjoyed singing with the Master Singers men's choir for many years. Lindy especially valued church service. He served as Branch President while the family lived in Stevenson, and under his direction the first meetinghouse in Stevenson was built. He served in many bishoprics and callings throughout his life, and always did so with diligence. Because of his military service, Lindy was unable to serve a mission when he was young, however, after his retirement, he and Maridon served two missions: In the Visitor's Center at the Washington D.C. temple, and in Nauvoo. He was the proud grandpa of four granddaughters; Rachel Batty, Madelin Nielsen, Collette Batty, and Allie Nielsen. He delighted in these girls and their accomplishments in music, dance, and academics and was tickled that a couple of them might even be basketball players. He thought that everything they did was wonderful, and they benefited so much from his examples of faith and hard work. Lindy is survived by his wife and sweetheart Maridon, his children Barry (Lynn), Shauna (Art) Kenck, Jilynn (Gary) Batty, and Corry; his sisters Oriole Hudgins and Dawna Killen; his brother-in-law Colin (Karma) Smith, his sister-in-law, Roberta Nielsen; his grandchildren Madelin and Allie Nielsen, Rachel and Collette Batty, and Tyler, Miles and Cameron Batty; many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Stan, Evan, and an infant brother; sisters Pauline and Mary Louise; and many other dear relatives and friends. A viewing will be held Sunday, August 28th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West, Cedar City. Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 29th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cedar North Stake Center, 95 North 2125 West, Cedar City. A viewing will be held at the stake center one hour prior to services.